Speak up – Deze celebrities staan op tegen racisme en steunen Black Lives Matter

De Black Lives Matter movement is opgericht in 2013 na de dood van de Amerikaanse tiener Trayvon Martin. Sindsdien is Black Lives Matter een begrip. Mensen over de hele wereld gebruiken het om samen te komen in protesten tegen racisme, in donaties en om informatie in te winnen over de strijd tegen racisme. Vandaag de dag is Black Lives Matter relevanter dan ooit en daarom staan celebrities massaal op tegen racisme.

Wij delen de meest sterke, inspirerende quotes van celebrities die Black Lives Matter steunen en anti-racisme zijn. Kijk, luister en deel.

1. Michelle Obama

“Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of colour to deal with it. It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets,” zei Michelle Obama in een statement na de dood van George Floyd.

2. Beyoncé

“We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted, we cannot normalise this pain. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of colour as less than human. We can no longer look away,” vertelt Beyoncé in een video waarin ze mensen oproept om petities te tekenen.

3. Rihanna

“For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least. Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life… The pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this!… If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for ‘drugs’ or ‘resisting arrest’… then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER?” postte Rihanna. Ze roept daarom op voor gerechtigheid, niet alleen voor George Floyd maar ook voor andere zwarte mensen die zijn vermoord.

4. Perrie Edwards

“As a white person living in the UK, it’s very easy to look at the #BlackLivesMatter movement and believe it doesn’t affect you. Feel that it’s not your place to comment or get involved… What’s not so easy is to scroll past an innocent man being pinned to the floor, struggling and begging for his last breath… How can any human being, no matter your race, age, gender, not be deeply affected by that? I have been deeply affected by it… I acknowledge my white privilege and instead of allowing it to put a muzzle on me, I will use it to speak up for what is right and what is wrong,” schrijft Perrie Edwards in een Instagram post. Racisme is nog steeds voelbaar, ook in Europa.

5. Cardi B

“Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired. I’m tired. The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this, you just show how coward[ly] you are – and how America is really not the land of the free,” schrijft Cardi B. op Instagram na de dood van George Floyd.

6. Kim Kardashian-West

“For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent Black man, woman or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the colour of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight I can truly take on as my own. Not today, not anymore… Even though I will never know the pain and suffering they have endured, or what it feels like to try to survive in a world plagued by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long,” schrijft Kim Kardashian-West als support voor Black Lives Matter. Kim spreekt zich al langer uit tegen racisme en voor gerechtigheid.

7. Taylor Swift

“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November @realdonaldtrump,” reageerde Taylor Swift op de tweets van Donald Trump.

8. Harry Styles

“I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white. Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist. Social change is enacted when a society mobilises. I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. I’m donating to help post bail for arrested organisers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others,” schrijft Harry Styles. Hij roept zijn volgers op om te luisteren, lezen, delen, doneren en te stemmen.

9. Anne-Marie

“The death of #GeorgeFloyd: the epitome of white privilege. If we as white people do not fight against racism then we are part of this continued problem. I am anti-racist, I refuse to accept this disgraceful act and I will help the fight, I hope you stand with me,” schrijft Anne-Marie op Twitter. Ze support de Black Lives Matter movement al jaren en vecht tegen racisme.

10. Mabel

“I don’t think anybody should have to wake up with the fear that their life could be taken away from them at any point by a police officer, but that is the horrible reality of so many people of colour, especially Black people. This isn’t the first time we have seen this. Police officers have disregarded the fact they are supposed to protect lives and they have taken away people’s humanity because of the colour of their skin,” vertelde Mabel in een video op haar Instagram. Ze roept haar volgers op om het gesprek over racisme aan te gaan.

11. Ariana Grande

“Please keep signing these petitions, making donations, having conversations with family and friends about it, reading and sharing links and resources… Gentle reminder that this doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you post about it once #blacklivesmatter,” schrijft Ariana op Twitter. Daar deelde ze eerder foto’s van haar deelname aan een vreedzaam protest in Los Angeles.

12. Niall Horan

“Racism has been rampant for hundreds of years, it’s just that in this century people have camera phones to video it. It’s absolutely disgusting that you get mistreated because of the colour of your skin. You would think that those that are there to protect us, would protect,” schrijft Niall Horan op Twitter.

13. Lizzo

“Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning. I wonder what would happen if all the big companies and celebrities who have showed support on social media came out and used their platform to let activists and protesters speak and be seen?… Cities are burning, are you watching? I stand with Minneapolis. I believe in us. Change is gonna come,” deelt Lizzo bij een video waarin ze Black Lives Matter steunt.

14. Billie Eilish

“I WANT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT,” schreef Billie Eilish op Instagram. Waarna ze een post plaatste die verschillende slides met teksten bevat. Lees ze allemaal, want Billie Eilish slaat de spijker op z’n kop.

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